Cobb County, Georgia-The “Elf on the Shelf” has trended in popularity in the 2010s as comedians such as Lilly Singh and Rohan Joshi have endorsed them using the hashtag MyElf. While many consider the idea of elves reporting to Santa Claus as a Christmas charm (and a way to keep the kids in line during December), some consider it a Christmas nuisance such as Georgia Judge Robert Leonard who has ordered the “banishing and non-distribution” of the Elf on the Shelf throughout Cobb County.
“Reporting children’s actions in the runup to the holiday season is a risk to the emotional health and well-being of my children”, says Judge Leonard. “Inexplicably, elves sometimes move and don’t move overnight. When these elves do not move, it leaves our children of tender years in states of extreme emotional distress. They are also a distraction to school students”.
Leonard continues to defend his stance by commenting that we cannot “traumatize” our children by thinking we’re getting coal this Christmas. He further asserts that banning the Elf on the Shelf from his county is “a gift to tired parents. Those who still own an Elf on the Shelf can feel free to keep them, no contempt. But I will not allow children in Georgia to feel pressured”.
While the Elf on the Shelf was a 2005 children’s story by Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell, it has recently evolved to become much more than that. Now, over $10 million is spent annually on this Christmas tradition throughout the United States, a large sum of which goes to Aebersold and Bell. It should also be noted that the Elf on the Shelf has shown no concerning connection amongst student grades. Still, Georgia consumers will truly miss this tradition throughout Cobb County.